Just had a terrible experience with ITV Torrevieja, Carretera Crevillente. My car was failed for lack of documentation on tinted windows and running boards (step). Both items in excellent condition... just didn't have any paperwork from the after-market installer. My question is this - does ITV do safety inspections or do they exist merely to harass citizens? Next time I will drive a little further to San Pedro.
British Consulate Press ReleaseThefts of valuables and passports from hire cars create significant problems both for those travelling or living overseas. A lost passport usually means a trip to the Consulate to obtain an emergency travel document to get travellers home. Lost credit cards, boarding passes and mobile phones can further complicate the situation. The Valencian Association of Car Hire Companies (AECOVAL) has been working closely with the British Consulate to help drive down the number of victims of car break-ins. In recognition of this, British Consul Sarah-Jane Morris was awarded the AECOVAL annual prize for the work of the Consulate in preventing problems experienced by British people motoring in Spain. Consul Sarah-Jane said, “Prevention is always better than cure, and a little caution can go a long way in avoiding problems while travelling. Always think carefully about where you leave your valuables and passport.” Last year in the Alicante consular district, 29% of stolen passports were taken at the roadside or from vehicle break-ins; 151 Emergency Travel Documents were issued as a consequence. Hire Car companies are keen to continue working with the Consulate on this issue, in an effort to reduce this figure. Since November, AECOVAL car hire customers have been given top tips in a letter about staying safe and secure when driving: • When you arrive at the airport, drive straight to your accommodation and unpack. Thieves often target weighed down cars at supermarkets.• Never leave valuables in the car – thieves know where you’re likely to hide things.• Be aware of distraction theft – such as being flagged down, or having tyres punctured and then approached by thieves pretending to be helpful passers-by.• Be aware of approaches by bogus police officers. All police officers, including those in plain clothes, carry official ID. You can watch real footage of roadside distraction theft and learn how to prevent it at the following link: www.bit.ly/1qnyaMY Last year record numbers of British tourists visited Spain, and 2017 promises to be even busier. By joining forces, AECOVAL and the British Consulate are tackling the holiday-spoiling problems which British visitors sometimes experience. Further information on travelling safely abroad can be found on the Travel Aware website:https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/ Travel Advice for Spain is available here:www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain
hi We are English and live in France we are here in Spain for a 3 month stint but have seen a car which we would like to buy. I am told this is not possible as we do not have a residentia. can anyone tell me if there is any way round this I bought our current 2 cars in England (where I am not classed as a resident) and reregistered them in France thanks
I have a Nissan Xtrail that needs LHD headlights which are zennon so I can only buy from the main agent. Has anyone used a realignment company in Spain and if so what are your thoughts please. I live in France so it will be a long drive to find out this process is right for my car. Many thanks in anticipation.
After reading a number of posts about the safety issues, I'm wondering which route would be the safest and easiest one - via Zaragoza or Madrid? . There doesn't seem to be a lot of difference on the map. We also need a budget hotel about half way with secure parking to break up the journey (only one driver and getting older now). Any advice would be really welcome. Thanks..
Has anyone any experience of dealing with this company ? After getting their details from Angloinfo website last September,I purchased a car from them.I met a charming guy called Gary on the services of AP7 motorway,as I lived 150 miles from their premises,and the services were midway I did a deal to buy their car,and he took mine in part exchange.There was a slight wheel wobble on the car I was buying,but Gary assured me it was only wheel balance,and allowed me 50Euros off the price to get it done,having said that the whole car had been checked by their garage,and everything else was OK. I went home and next day took the car to my local garage to get the wheels balanced.The garage was unable to do it because there was an "egg" on the inside of one of the tyres,which was dangerous.As the brand of tyre was unavailable,I had to buy 2 new ones to comply with the law.The garage also found that the brake discs were down to the minimum,so I had to have new discs all round.2 weeks later the battery failed,so it had cost me over 400Euros to make the car roadworthy. When I contacted The Car Trading Company they refused to accept liability as I hadn't had the work done at their garage 150 miles away,when the car was not safe to drive,and at the same garage that had checked it,and found it all OK. In May of this year,8 months later,I received a bill from my local council for the car tax from the car I sold them.They had not done what they said,and transferred it out of my name. Has anyone had any similar experiences of this company.They do not answer my emails,and all in all it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
Hi all About to take up residence in Altea and wondering if anyone can give me a contact for a business that can assist in getting my French plated car registered into Spanish system. I understand that there are many hoops to jump through and I am looking for a gestion? to undertake it for me - preferably local to Altea Thanks
Hi, Looking for advice.Later this year we will be driving from near Valencia to the Ferry port at Santander. As you will be aware there are two possible routes of similar distance and time. The one I fancy taking is via Madrid-Burgos. This route certainly appears to save on the cost of Tolls compared to the other route via Zaragosa. Which route would you reccomend and any useful tips. Many thanks in advance for your help.
Hello, Can anybody recommend a garage which would carry out a service on my Subaru Forester? A check on the internet does not turn up any Subaru agents in my area (Benidoleig/Denia) so maybe a Subaru is not a particularly popular car in Spain? Thanks in advance for some advice! Peter Tyler
Hello all, I have a question that no one seems to be able to help with, including the British Embassy, so maybe you guys can help :) My husband had to stop driving due to a back injury and while he was in and out of hospital, his Spanish driving license expired. It has been expired for around 16 months. Now that he has his health back, he would like to start driving again. My question is this: Can he still go and renew his license the same as always, even though its been expired for so long? He is 73, British expat and been living here for just under 10 years. We'd really appreciate any info you can give us on this :) Thanks in advance
Hello all Could someone tell me what the Spanish law is regarding towing trailers? Is there a limit on the weight for unbraked trailers? If so, what is it? If there is a fact sheet available that would be useful. Also does anyone know where I can find the information in Spanish? Thanks in advance for any replies.
There is surprise to see many British (and other countries, but mostly British) cars are using and sold privately without tax and ITV in Spain here. Many public think they can decide for themselves what European law apply to them personally, and what not. This is a delusion. Here is truth basic. Any vehicle of other European countries can be for use in Spain, as only a temporary visit (maximum 6 consecutive months in any calendar year), on the strict condition that the vehicle questioned is fully legal in country of origin is allowed . This means ITV, road tax paid current to date and valid European insurance coverage. If one or more of these essential elements not present, you do not have insurance. The policy of the company is not responsible. In the event of an accident, the owner and the driver of the vehicle both will be held personally responsible for any financial remuneration, structural and physical that can reach hundreds of thousands of euros. If can not pay, you go to jail. This is unquestionable. Vehicles from outside Spain who have no valid ITV and tax document from country of origin (and therefore invalid insurance) should be remove, dismembered or register here in the Spanish system of registration. The Civil Guardia and Police Local are pushing more and more hard to remove these illegal vehicles (and therefore dangerous publicly) of our roads and prosecute the owners and drivers to the full extent of the law. You have been warned.
Hello, I am considering bringing my car from Luxembourg to Alicante and wanted to know when get all the legal ITV re-registering etc done if when I come to insure the vehicle does any previous no claims discount from the UK or Europe get considered? Or do I need to assume that I will be starting from 0 no claims. I would really appreciate it if anyone could offer any advice on this matter from personal experience or friends that have gone through this process. Thanks in advance Kind Regards P
Hi I am returning to England soon and would like to part exchange my lhd 2007 Citreon C5 spanish registered for something similar but english registered, or maybe someone knows a car dealer in the area who sells english reg cars?.Glad for any ideasThanks
I have really tried to make sense of the new car manufacturer's websites in Spain but it does seem to be very difficult to get to the prices, as PIVE 6 seems to dominate all quoted ones. Does anyone have experience of actually buying new in the Costa Blanca area? We need something like a Fiat Doblo or Citroen Berlingo and will be looking for hopefully an English speaking dealer around the Alicante area - Elche if possible. Any info greatly appreciated.
British Embassy Madrid News release – Holidaymakers warned to watch out for highway robbers in Spain The British Embassy in Spain is warning holidaymakers to watch out for ruthless gangs of modern-day highway robbers who are preying on people driving foreign-registered vehicles and hire cars. Police in the Catalonia region of Spain have dealt with 126 British victims of robbery on the AP7 motorway between the French border and the Valencia region over the past two years. British Consulates across mainland Spain say they are receiving regular reports of roadside robbery occurring along the coast between Barcelona and Alicante, across Andalucia in the south, and in the Madrid region. Consular staff estimate that 1 in 20 of all emergency passports issued last year as a result of theft were following motorway robberies. A new video produced by the Foreign Office - ‘Don’t let thieves drive you to distraction’ - https://vimeo.com/98023947 shows real-life footage of some of the most common tactics. Highway robbers flag their victim down by indicating there is a problem with their vehicle, then one gets out to distract the occupants’ attention, whilst an unseen accomplice robs passports, money and other valuables before the gang makes a fast getaway. In a second case, the robber tricks a victim into thinking they have a problem with their parked vehicle, whilst another opens the door and removes valuables. Other tricks include throwing something that creates a sudden noise, or puncturing a tyre at a roadside rest stop. Will Middleton, consular regional director for Spain, warns: ‘Distraction is the most common technique used by highway robbers in Spain. They will try to worry you about the state of your vehicle, and then whilst they point out the supposed problem, an accomplice is robbing you. ‘So be wary of anyone attempting to stop you when you are driving, or trying to point out a problem or offering assistance. They may not be the good Samaritan they appear to be. ‘If someone points out a supposed problem whilst you are on the road, keep going until you reach a service area. If you have to stop, make sure one person stays in the vehicle. Keep valuables out of sight and out of reach. If you do notice a problem with your vehicle, call your emergency breakdown service for help. ‘We are working with the Spanish police to alert British visitors to how these gangs work, so that holidaymakers can avoid becoming victims. Police statistics indicate that these robberies are largely non-violent. ‘However falling victim to this kind of theft can be distressing and costly: a family of four who lose all their passports would unfortunately need to pay around four hundred pounds to get emergency passports to get home.’ Case study 1 In April, Richard Hibbs from Llandudno in North Wales, and his brother-in-law who lives in Spain, had just driven through the toll booths on the AP7 motorway north of Barcelona when another car drove up very close to them and they heard a loud noise. It sounded the same as when Mr Hibbs had been in a minor collision once before. A youngster leant out of the window of the car and started shouting and gesticulating towards their vehicle, motioning them to stop. Alarmed, they pulled over and both got out. One of the occupants emerged from the other vehicle and held their attention by talking loudly in Spanish and pointing at their rear tyres. Then he suddenly broke off mid-sentence, ran back to his vehicle and dived in through the rear window as the car sped away. Whilst they were being distracted, another member of the gang had sneaked into the car and stolen a leather travel wallet containing two passports and other documents from the glove-box, and two coats from the back seat. The whole incident lasted less than two minutes. Mr Hibbs says: ‘Fortunately we didn’t have any cash or cards in the wallet and there were no weapons involved, although we’re still not sure how they made the noise. My insurance covered the cost of replacing the passports. ‘I’d say to anyone travelling in a vehicle with UK plates to think at least twice before stopping on a Spanish motorway in similar circumstances, particularly at night, and don’t keep all your valuables in the same place. If you do have to stop, don’t all get out of the car.’ Case study 2 Mr and Mrs J from Lewes in Sussex were on the AP7 north of Barcelona when a car overtook their British-registered Transit van and a young girl leant out of the back window shouting and indicating that there was a problem with the bikes on the back of their van. Unsuspecting, they pulled over and the passenger in the other car took them round to the other side of their van. Mrs J realised something was wrong when the ‘good Samaritan’ started pointing underneath the vehicle, but it was already too late. An accomplice had grabbed their passports and valuables, dived back into the moving car and the robbers made their getaway. Mr J warns: ‘It all happened so quickly… my advice is to avoid stopping on the motorway for whatever reason.’ Top tips to avoid highway robbers ruining your holiday: On the road Be wary of people flagging you down If you have a problem with your vehicle, call your emergency breakdown service Keep valuables out of sight and out of reach When you stop Park your vehicle in sight Take your valuables with you Watch out for tampering